We found this beautiful helmeted iguana (Corytophanes cristatus) or as perro zompopo as it is known locally near Arenal in Costa Rica. I don't know why it would be called perro "dog" but in any case, it is a species of lizard endemic to the New World. It is found from southern Mexico to South America in rainforests. With long limbs, it climbs well, and feeds on insects, spiders, worms, and other lizards. It can change colors too from dark to light or vice versa. Cool, isn't it?
20160702IBF9394Copyright August 2016Corytophanes cristatusCosta Ricaendemic lizards to the New Worldhelmeted iguanaperro zompopo